Live from DMA Annual: Delaware Senator Lays Down Odds for Postal Reform Passage

Orlando, FL—The White House “is more concerned about zip codes in Iraq than it is in the Postal Service in the U.S.” That quote was courtesy of Sen. Tom Carper (D-DE), who spoke during Direct Marketing Association president/CEO Bob Wientzen’s Oct. 13 keynote address here via videoconference.

“But the work being done is good stuff,” Carper said about the Postal Accountability and Enhancement Act of 2003, the bill he coauthored with Sen. Susan Collins (R-ME) in June. “We have a whole year to pass legislation, and there’s a better than 50% chance of passing it.”

Carper said that there’s a “fair amount of convergence in my legislation and what the President’s Commission on the Postal Service recommended” when it issued its report in July. “There’s a whole lot more we agree on than disagree on.” For instance, his bill is consistent with the commission’s desire to make the USPS Board of Governors more accountable for the Postal Service’s actions.

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